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What's it like to live in other parts of the world? Can you describe where you live?

Asked by vanelokz (423points) March 23rd, 2008 from iPhone

Besides Los Angeles, which is the only place I’ve lived.

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joeysefika's avatar

I Lived in New Zealand for most of my life and its one of the best places that i have ever lived. its green and for an area thats bigger than England there are only about 4 million people living there. Now i live in Tasmania (the little island at the bottom of Australia) and its pretty similar to New Zealand. In NZ i lived in Auckland which is absolutely stunning. and in Tasmania i live in Hobart which is no where near as good as Auckland but its pretty good.

oneye1's avatar

you know more then 1/2 the people on the planet have cell phones but only 1/3 have indoor plumbing

frigate1985's avatar

hmmm I live in south Korea which is located right next to Japan(sadly). I like it a lot because all 4 seasons are distinctive and you can find a lot of healthy and good food in there. So there goes my horribly bad written and short answer I guess…

DeezerQueue's avatar

I live in the Netherlands, but am American. I can best describe it as organized anarchy. Even though nearly everything here can be gotten, although at a high price, the social control and checking of each other is annoying.

The toilets are downright strange. There’s a shelf where what you eliminate sits upon until you flush, leaving the (small) room which contains only the toilet, smell like an outhouse.

Most of the time there is cloud cover and often it’s gray. It rains a lot. Right now we have snow.

When prices are shown for an item, it’s with the taxes included in most cases, on larger items the prices are generally shown without the tax.

The health care system leaves much to be desired, with a long waiting list if you are referred by your GP to a specialist. For example, I waited three months to get into the pain clinic, and last week when I made a call to them, I was told it would be six weeks for a callback and was given a date. The insurance for said healthcare system is not optional, one is legally obligated to have it.

They have a bazillion bicycle paths, many of which are paved. For a shorter sprint, locally for example, it’s probably faster to go by bicycle to avoid the traffic congestion and lack (and cost) of parking spaces. In many cases you’ll have to pay for parking to get your groceries, but sometimes it will be refunded by the grocery stores. Petroleum products are exorbitant in price, due to the (again) high amount of taxation.

Dog poop is a serious problem, the Dutch love dogs, but they don’t love to pick up after them. Letting your children run barefoot in the summertime is not an option, and Dodge the Doo is a national pastime.

OT Frigate, welcome to Fluther, it’s nice to have a foreign voice here.

lovelyy's avatar

I live in a small town in texas, toally the opposite of la. theres about 2,000 people in our town tops. we have a walmart, sonic, pizza hut, that’s about the only things other towns have. everything else is local stores, oh we did have a dairy queen but that got closed down. HA!


kevbo's avatar

People come to Albuquerque from L.A. when they want to have a family and feel they can’t afford L.A.‘s cost of living or quality of life. The culture is predominantly Hispanic and white with Native American third and sprinklings of Asian (mostly Vietnamese) and black cultures. Lots of
sunshine, generally four seasons. Mountains border Albuquerque on the east side of town, so you always have a sense of direction. It’s a “big, medium-sized city.” people used to joke that dressing up here was a matter of putting on your good jeans (still true), but nowadays style is a little more of a concern for those who can afford it. Government, schools, and health care are big employers, although there’s been lots of movies filmed here in the last few years and brand new studios built that are already booked solid for the next couple of years. There’s lots of outdoor activities to enjoy when the wind isn’t blowing like crazy. The public schools kind of suck, and there’s definitely an element of ignorant and sometimes violent people. Local TV news usually goes something like murder, shooting, robbery, animal abuse, weather, sports, but that could be owing to the fact that it’s the media. There are a ton of good restaurants to choose from.

DeezerQueue's avatar

In the Netherlands most of the schools are religious-oriented, strangely enough, and are publicly funded.

axlefoley's avatar

Picture heaven, Now picture paradise. Now picture the opposite, that’s where I am! Hello.

lozza's avatar

I’m in a suburban area south of London in the UK. (About 15 miles from the centre). It’s a nice, quiet residential area with lots of houses rather than blocks of flats.
The weather is very changeable with snow this morning but it’s already melted and is now sunny.

London is a great city for all types of people. The laws in the UK are very well established although there is a serious drinking culture which the government is trying to address.tryi g to

axlefoley's avatar

I used to live in London, moved out of there to the seaside, sometime ago to Clacton On Sea. It is just as rough here now as it is in London. With out getting to politcal I think this country is going down the pan!

susanc's avatar

I live in Olympia Washington but I have lived in Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain.
I love Olympia but I wish I were living in Spain right now.
Olympia Washington is an odd small city where a lot of people work for the state since it’s the state capital. All of these people wear GoreTex jackets, have beards, and are athletic, unless they’re women. If they’re women they wear suits with skirts and get haircuts every 3 1/2 weeks and walk fast. There are three colleges, and many people who graduate from these colleges stay here, to work for state agencies or open businesses. Our downtown is half shabby and half expensive, and we are very therapist-heavy as a community. The Port Commission has always been corrupt. We send a lot of forest products to Japan. We have an unusually active and successful city arts commission and a lot of good and bad public art. We have a very successful farmer’s market April through Christmas.
We have no homeless shelter. This is outrageous.
It rains softly or violently most of the winter; spring is a riot of bloom; the summer, from late June to late October, is exquisite.

glial's avatar

Well I never been to Spain…

Northwest Louisiana now and formerly in East Texas. The people are friendly, women beautiful, and summers are hot and humid. The area is roughly 275,000 people. A river and several lakes. Riverboat Casinos and Horse Racing.

shizifoo's avatar

I am from a small to medium sized town in Oklahoma. For all the people that live there, there is nothing to do except for drugs and alcohol (which would help explain why 30 girls in my graduating class of 280 were pregnant). The town seems to be bursting at the seams. Will Rogers once said “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute. It’ll change.” This is very true. The seasons tend to blend together. Two days ago it was around 70 degrees. Today it is just above freezing. The people are very strange. There are a lot of bad drivers and drug dealers, but the town tends to stay pretty quiet. Not much crime. So I guess it’s a good place to raise your kids, but realize that they’re going to want to get as far away from Oklahoma as they can when they get older.

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